Since I love me some Futurama, I’ll note that their writers have mentioned that a lot of their favorite scenes (especially with Bender) involve characters being absurdly into whatever they’re doing, regardless of how obviously mundane or pointless it may be to everybody else. It’s used fairly liberally on the Simpsons at times as well.
Anyways, I think my point is that despite your attempt at sarcasm, having a certain kind of character (ie stupid) totally committed to whatever stupid thing they’re doing is a pretty solid basis for comedy. There’s just something appealing about a character that really commits to what they’re doing.
For the record, I’m not look in archives for images kinda guy, but I like most of PA’s strips, and feel they’ve gotten consistently better over the years (I read their stuff on Loonygames, bitches!). I find that it’s best to think of them as editorial cartoons rather than funny page material. With that in mind, it’s understandable why they don’t make sense without the context of the news posts.